Sunday, March 1, 2015

Super Hero Photos by Sharon Arnoldi

I cannot get enough of these super hero pics by Sharon Arnoldi Photography! Seriously if you are local, you need to check her out! She has such a fun, whimsical style and is so professional and easy to work with!




And the best part is the specialty items I was able to order from our session!

Tattoos and standouts!






Hello friends!

Last Friday we ventured out in the snow for the church fish fry. We were easily the youngest people there by at least 10 years. But I love it. It's my fave part of Lent.

The kiddos stayed at Nana and Papa's and we got some work done on Mary Flair...we finished taking out the old flooring...

And installed wood floors....we just need to add the floor boards.

We got a lot sanded and started priming the inside to start painting...

We are painting her walls white and her cabinets Alpine Air...
AJ got sick Sunday night and school was delayed 90 minutes due to snow on we had a cozy day of resting and laundry.

Everything was back to normal Tuesday.

Brody insists on wearing this tie to school every day and it cracks me up.

I found these fabulous mugs for Andy and I to have in Mary Flair.

AJ made this bowl in art. He's told me at least 20 times that it is waterproof. He loves to eat dry snacks out of it. It melts my heart every time. He's so very proud of it. I love it. He's just so darn sweet.

I worked on passing over the submission of Box Tops!

The kiddos are still obsessed with rainbow loom and my daily jewelry these days consists of lots of neon rubber bands...

After a car pool discussion Abby was convinced that we would get a snow day if she wore her pj's wrong sideout & backwards, put a fork under her bed, & flushed hot water down the toilet.

It didn't work.

Friday I was all packed up and KC bound to meet my new niece and namesake and attend my nephew's bday party!

Isla Rai was a delight! Big eyes and all smiles! Such a sweet girl.

It was awesome to hang with my sorella and enjoy a couple Starbucks.

Good for the soul.

Vincent was super excited for his TMNT 4th birthday party!

That happened to be a bowling party. On a day I happened to wear boot socks. Awesome.

It was crazy fun, and I'm glad I got to be there!

Sunday Jess and I squeezed in our traditional trip to Charming Charlie's, I put together 4 puzzles with V, and got my last Isla Rai fix before heading to the airport.

And now I'm sitting at KCI stoked about watching House of Cards with Andy when I get home.


Friday, February 20, 2015

Valentine's Day Up In Here

These cuties. In a kissing booth. Be still my heart.

Girlfriend's bow hair for her school Valentine's Day party.
Ab's fave princess is Pocahontas.
So a Pocahontas box it was!
I love their excitement for celebrations.
She made 24 rainbow loom bracelets to go with her Valentines.
She was a rainbow loom machine.

AJ requested a Lego head Valentine's box with a confident expression.

Thank goodness for Costco animal cracker containers and spray paint.

And then we went to Casa Bonita with friends for our kid friendly romantic-ha! dinner.

It was an experience.

Definitely something to check off the Denver bucket list.

I've always heard about it. I mean it's legendary in these parts.

Andy said it hasn't changed since he was a kid.

The kids loved it. And I'm glad we went. But probably have our Casa Bonita fix for at least 5 years.


2 Weeks of Insta-Fridays

Young Life area leader retreat day.
Refreshing. Good reminder that having a relationship with Jesus takes discipline and commitment. These things are not easy. I have to make time for this relationship. I can't tell myself that I don't have time. Because I make time to watch Downton Abbey...or put on Jamberries. I need to make time for Jesus. I am not a very self-disciplined individual. This is an area I need to work on. True story.
Speaking of I was going to miss a holiday themed nail wrap. Ha! You know me, I love a good theme. And holidays. I have valentine socks and pj pants...valentine nail wraps were inevitable. I tried to resist. But you can see how well that went.
Bad pic. The sun was in her eyes. But Girlfriend picked out a new bike for her bday. Naturally, she chose the one where her Barbie can ride with her and has sparkly tassels. Totally awesome choice.
I love our mornings together just Brody Bear and I. One morning he made us a snack picnic for our viewing of the Thomas sing-a-long. Cheetos and Capri Suns on the carpet. I have the best job ever.
Abby is doing an animal report on wolves in Kindergarten. A trip to the library was in order. Can I just say taking these two to the library is like trying to herd cats...that are on crack. It's fantastic.
I love leggings. I love polka dots. But I was way out of my comfort zone wearing polka dot leggings.
They were only $4.50 at Old Navy. I had to give them a try.
So remember that awesome time I fell out of bed and got stitches? Well it got even more awesome when my neighbor walked in the urgent care room to remove them.
A stitches removal selfie was in order for such an occasion.
And yes I saw every.single.person I know in those 5 days of having stitches on my face. Good times.
And next time I'm not going to urgent care. I'm just walking to my neighbors house.
Lots of prop making for Destination Imagination happening in our house. Minimal yellow paint ended up on the carpet.
True story: One night we were eating cheesecake and drinking wine with a neighbor at like midnight & all of a sudden Andy was on the floor in a puddle of splintered wood pieces. It was awesome. I mean like silent laugh till your stomach hurts and you can't breathe and tears run down your face awesome.
So we had to get new kitchen chairs.
And we needed to eat dinner the night we got chairs.
So an Ikea trip happened.
Now if you know me, you know this is not my favorite place to eat. Or take kids to. I mean on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being my level of's a 12...maybe even a 15.
The kids were super naughty. Like I wanted to give them away naughty. Then Abby lost her jacket in that gigantic freakin store. Not just any jacket you can leave behind. So more hell ensued as we retraced our steps through that gigantic freakin store with the super naughty kids.
Anyway. Everyone ate. We got new chairs. We found the stupid jacket. And I didn't give any kids away.
I'd call it a success in the end.
Volunteering from home means you get to cut out a lot of stuff.
I can trace and cut like a boss.
Another true story: I sew on patches for friends in exchange for payment in junk food. It's a good trade.
Loot from our school's Labels For Education points.
Cutting, counting, and bundling Labels for Education and Box Tops makes me want to poke my eyes out after about an hour. But seeing the fruits of our labor make it kinda worth it.
Oh Rainbow Loom. I really thought that ship had sailed and my kids hadn't noticed. Nope. I pick up at least 100 tiny rubber bands a day now. Which totally stabilizes my mood and never ever makes me go bat shit crazy. Ever.

Teaching second graders how to sew for Destination Imagination is a trip. It's only mildly stressful when they nearly sew their fingers to their shirt. Nothing like a trip to Ikea with Abby & Brody.
It's awesome to see how much these guys step up and rise to occassion...whether it's building simple machines...or researching animal habitats...or sewing their own costumes...they never seize to amaze me.
Sleepy Bear. Man how I love his cuddles. Seriously puts the whole world back into perspective.
I pretty much hate snow by this time in the year. Pink snow boots are necessary to make it tolerable.
Lent has started. We gave up sweets as a family. No Dr. Pepper or chocolate makes for a mean mama bear.
And man we should have video taped Brody's reaction when we told him no sweets for 40 days.
It was awesome. Awesomely hilarious.
Stay warm this weekend.
I'm wondering if we really are going to get this predicted snowmageddon.
Snowed in without sweets.
This might be dangerous.